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But while the ingredients are the same, Ballard and Palahniuk bake at completely different temperatures. Unlike his British counterpart, who tends to cast his American protagonists in a chilly light, holding them close enough to dissect but far enough away to eliminate any possibility of kinship, Palahniuk isn't happy unless he's first-person front and center, completely entangled in the whole sordid mess. An intensely psychological novel that never runs the risk of becoming clinical, Fight Club is about both the dangers of loyalty and the dreaded weight of leadership, the desire to band together and the compulsion to head for the hills. In short, it's about the pride and horror of being an American, rendered in lethally swift prose. Fight Club's protagonist might occasionally become foggy about who he truly is (you'll see what I mean), but one thing is for certain: you're not likely to forget the book's author. Never mind Ballardesque. Palahniukian here we come! --Bob Michaels --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
This book is a poetic meditation on male angst. When I heard that the author came out of the closet, it didn't surprise me at all that he would know the pain of men. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Dok Yun
I saw the movie first, and the book was exactly like the movie! It was a fast great read. Full of engaging imageryPublished 6 days ago by dugdod
Even though I saw the movie first, the book was super fresh and made things much more clear. Men are so lost these days in the "developed" world. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is one of my favourite stories and should be required reading in school. Chuck Palahniuk is one of the great writers working today. Read morePublished 15 days ago by ReadingForFun
It’s something I try to avoid, but this time I watched the movie long before I read the book, nevertheless I really enjoyed reading it, as much as I liked the movie. Read morePublished 16 days ago by dario pinat